I wonder if my kids ask their teachers for snacks as often as they ask me for them during the summer months. It feels like all I hear is how hungry they are. It probably has something to do with swimming all morning and running around the yard all afternoon.
Since I’m trying to squeeze in work while they’re out playing (like, right now), I need quick and easy snacks I can make for them that are healthier than the options that come out of a package. These healthy 3-ingredient snack recipes are on my go-to list for quick hold-overs until dinner is ready.
I’m smitten with these cute cookie face snacks (above & top) designed by Jodi Levine for 100 Layer Cakelet. You’ve got to click through to see all of her variations, each more adorable than the next. I love, love, love that this is a healthy(ish) snack that allows my kids to get creative, too. Just raid the pantry and use what you have on hand to make the faces. And, shh, using nuts and seeds is a sneaky way to get your kids to eat healthy without realizing it.
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These apple and pear nachos at Oh Joy are a delicious snack for kids and us grown-ups, too. You can vary this with almost any toppings you like. Although her marshmallow creme topping looks delicious, I might go with yogurt or cream cheese instead. To avoid the late-afternoon sugar crash, I’d suggest putting out one candy topping and keep the rest relatively healthy. That way the kids can make their own without over-doing it on the sugar.
These 3-ingredient energy bars from our friends at The Kitchn are chewy, sweet and packed with nutrients to keep your kids going until dinnertime. Get the kids to help make them ahead of time—it’s so easy to do—and then keep them stored in an airtight container in the fridge. They’ll also stay good for several months in the freezer, but I’m pretty sure they’ll be eaten up before that.
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I’d never heard of a smudgie before finding this recipe at Joyceyvonna, but they look delicious and so easy. Since they have to freeze for a couple hours, make a bunch ahead of time and keep them in the freezer for a quick grab-and-go snack. The filling is only two ingredients including peanut butter, but you can use almond butter if you wanted something less sugary.
For a healthy snack that will feel like a super special treat, try these banana and chocolate chip ice cream bites at The Baker Mama that, amazingly, are made with only two ingredients! These make a great alternative to ice cream for dessert, too, especially if you have a kid with an extra-sweet sweet tooth who likes to ask for dessert after every meal.
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